From the monthly archives:

May 2008

The Cat Came Back (but not the very next day)

by Julie Kohl on May 24, 2008

Last Friday night Richie put Eggnog outside sometime around midnight.  Since it has been warm he has been sleeping outside.  The next day we were gone all day and got in really late.  I wasn’t really concerned that Eggnog hadn’t come around.  Sometimes if we don’t let him in he will go hide where the dogs can’t find him.  Well Sunday came and went and still no Eggnog.  I was starting to worry.  Monday came, tuesday came and then Wednesday.  By Thursday I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that he wasn’t coming back.  In the year and a half I have had him I can only remember one night that he didn’t come home and it was raining really hard.  Yesterday was our last day of school for the year so I was trying to relax and not think about it.  We went out for Pizza at our favorite place to celebrate the end of the school year.  When we came home we built a campfire, made S’mores and hung out in the gazebo.  I went to bed just before 11 and I think Richie came in sometime right around midnight.  I was woken at 12:30 by a meowing at the bedroom window.  I was not expecting Eggnog so I was trying to figure out which of our barn cats was out there and why.  I was still half asleep when Richie shot up and shined a light out the window.  He said, “Is that Eggnog?”  I looked and JUMPED out of the bed and ran out the front door in only my t-shirt and underwear!  I ran around the front of the house and grabbed Eggnog off the window and just squeezed him tight.  Eggnog was gone a whole week almost to the minute! It was like he was stuck in a time warp.  I fed him and got back in bed where I just broke down in tears. I was so happy to have my cat back!  Eggnog curled up on me and we didn’t move the whole night.

Here is Eggnog today sleeping on the bed in the guest room.  This is his favorite place to nap.

(don’t look at how gross the pillow is! The sheets were in the wash!)
He looks so tired from his week long adventure.

This morning I also finally got my front garden planted.

You can also see how nice our new windows look in this picture.

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Treasures in the Button Box

by Julie Kohl on May 22, 2008

I was recently given a button box.  The woman who gave it to me is older and the box came from her husbands mother who passed away several years ago.  The box of buttons sat around for a few months and only recently was I able to go through it.  The majority of the buttons are very old and interesting but a few really special ones stood out.

These are a few of my favorites.

These buttons all have some type of military insignia.  The top one is a Red Cross Pin dated 1881-1931 marking the 50th anniversary of the Red Cross.

The U.S actually has a screw back on it but I assume it is part of a military uniform from the 1930′s.

The one on the right is an eagle with what looks like the number 1 on his chest.  He holds the leaf cluster in his left foot and 3 arrows in his right foot. It has a shank type backing. Again I believe it is part of a military uniform from the 1930′s.

These buttons are interesting.  All five are VERY heavy.  I wish I had a gram scale so I could weigh them.  I am not sure if they are made of metal or stone because of the weight and they are so dirty but I am leaning towards metal.

The gold button in the top right also has an Eagle on it but has the letters Buro Co Tyr 1780 X Archid Avst Dcx and as far I can tell it is some sort of replica of a Maria Theresia, Austrian coin.  I have no idea how old it is.

The Yeomen pin apparently came from the secret fraternal organization the Brotherhood of American Yeomen that was started in 1897.

The Health Standard pin button has the shape of Arkansas in the background.

This pin button has some sort of structure surrounded by the leaves.  It is very cracked and I can not make out what the structure is.  The back is partially rubbed off but the letters  STEM(?)ER Engra_______80!

One other really cool thing in the box was an old Rabies Dog Tag.  The back is dated 1935.

I have enjoyed looking through this old button box!  If you know anything about any of my finds please leave a comment.

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My "new" Kitchen!

May 16, 2008

I am so happy! My “new” kitchen is finally done!  Two weeks ago we had all new windows put in the house.  The old windows were so bad you couldn’t even see out of them.  I still get caught by surprise everytime I walk into the living room and realize I can see outside.  At […]

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Meet the Girls!

May 10, 2008

I am now the proud owner of four beautiful Buff Orpingtons!  I have two that are about 16 weeks and should start laying soon.  The other two are about 6 weeks of age and wont start laying until the end of the summer.  I have several names picked out but I need to study their […]

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First Monday Finds

May 8, 2008

First Monday is an amazing craft/flea/junk market that is held year round on the weekend of the first Monday of each month in Canton, Texas.  First Monday Trade Days is a tradition that “began in the 1850s when the District Judge stopped in Canton on the first Monday of every month to hold court sessions, […]

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Furry and Feathered Friends

May 7, 2008

The week 6 topic of the Farmgirl Blog-A-Thon is “Furry and Feathered Friends”!  I love my furry and feathered friends!  My dogs and cats are like my children! My love for animals began when I was a small child!  As a little girl my parents had a cat named Tycoon.  I don’t remember her a […]

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Getting Crafty (The Chicken Tractor is Done!)

May 7, 2008

The week 5 topic of the Farmgirl Blog-a-thon is “getting crafty”.  I am all about crafty but something always seems to happen during the months of April and May and I do VERY LITTLE crafting!  Maybe it is because things get so hectic at school, maybe it is because it is warmer and I spend […]

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In The Garden

May 4, 2008

Gardening is one thing I would really like to learn more about and get more involved in.  I have had a vegetable garden a few times but when I went back to school to get my masters degree I couldn’t find the time to keep it up.  This year I am pledging to get back […]

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Domestic Bliss/Farm Kitchen

May 4, 2008

Let me begin by telling you about my space.  My kitchen has been a work in progress for the last 8 years!  When we first moved in it was AWFUL!  Old appliances, broken cabinet draws, UGLY linolum flooring that was stained, torn, bubbled and just missing in some places! The “renovation” began with the replacement […]

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